10 Best Books for Teachers to Read in 2021

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In this article, I’ll discuss the 10 best books for teachers that must be read in 2021. I will also answer some of the very popular questions that are commonly asked by people in the FAQ section

“The best teachers are the ones that change their minds.”

Terry Heick, Author, Teacher

Teaching has been a very respectful work since ancient times. Initially, the pundits were mainly teachers but as time passed, many people became eager to become teachers. We have many great teachers in history such as Chanakya, Socrates, Plato, etc. They devoted their entire life to teaching students, people, and eventually society.

There are many qualities that teachers should have if they want to touch the line of success in teaching. We cannot tell you all the qualities in an article but we can give you a brief overview. It is rightly said that a good teacher is a strong communicator. He is an adaptable, engaging, empathetic, patient, and lifelong learner. He is up to date with new information, he is innovative and creative. These are some of the qualities that good teachers possess.

Except for these qualities, there are some skills that they must have. Do you want to know about those skills?


In this short article, it is practically not possible for us to describe all things. But there are thousands of books that are completely dedicated to teachers. If you read those books, you will be able to know all the qualities, skills, and other things that help teachers to grow.

Do you want to know about those books?

Okay, let’s start the list of 10 best books for teachers to read-

List of 10 Best Books for Teachers to Read in 2021

The Classroom Management Book

AuthorHarry K. Wong
Rating4.8 out of 5

The Classroom Management Book” by Harry K. Wong is one of the best books for teachers to read. Since a teacher may feel uncomfortable organizing or managing the whole class. Therefore, this book helps to understand how to organize and structure a classroom to create a safe and positive environment for students. Moreover, it has excellent ideas for setting the tone in your classroom.

Essential Question: Opening Doors

AuthorJay McTighe, Grant Wiggins
Rating4.7 out of 5

In “Essential Questions”, both authors provide practical guidance on how to initiate, design, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. As the title suggests this book contains many essential questions that should be asked to the students. These questions help in understanding the student’s mind, their thought process, etc. that ultimately aids you to know more about the class.

Bringing Words to Life

AuthorIsabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan
Rating4.7 out of 5

For any teacher, it is very important that their vocabulary is strong. This book discusses the essential vocabulary instruction and also gives a routine and variety of activities to deliver the instruction. Anyone who works with students who have limited vocabulary should own this book. It contains that rare combination of theory and practice that distinguishes the best books about teaching.

Growing Minds

AuthorHerbert R. Kohl
Rating4.7 out of 5

Growing Minds” is a very popular creation of Herbert R. Kohl. It is called that if this book does not inspire you to teach or continue to teach then teaching is not the career for you. Although this book is dated, it is still relatable. The advice given by the author is very helpful in growing both personally and professionally. This book is highly recommended for teachers and those contemplating the teaching profession.

Why Don’t Students Like School?

AuthorDaniel T. Willingham
Publication2010 (1st Edition)
Rating4.6 out of 5

“Why Don’t Students Like School?” is a very decent book by Daniel T. Willingham in which the author explains why the majority of students do not like going to school. The author reveals the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge, and creating a lasting learning experience in teaching or for teachers. Teachers will definitely benefit from this scientific approach.

What Are People For?

AuthorWendell Berry
Rating4.6 out of 5

What Are People For?” by Wendell Berry is a collection of essays that is especially worthy of reading again and again. This book will help in understanding the purpose and duties of our lives, exactly as the title says. It will teach you how to perform your duty perfectly. Whatever the duty is, you will get how to efficiently perform your duty through this book.

The Courage to Teach

AuthorParker J. Palmer
Publication2017 (20th Edition)
Rating4.6 out of 5

The Courage to Teach” is one of the best books for teachers to read, guiding them to develop skills such as learning, teaching, and practicing in themselves. It explores and practices the relational traits that good teachers have in common. In addition, you can learn to build a learning relationship with your students through this book.

Teach Like a Champion 2.0

AuthorDoug Lemov
Rating4.6 out of 5

After incorporating several years into teaching, Doug Lemov created this self-help book for teachers. The author has explained well how effective teaching via purposeful routines leads to a deeper knowledge of student learning. There are many tips and tactics in this book that are very important for the growth of teachers.

The Hidden Lives of Learners

AuthorGraham Nuthall
Rating4.5 out of 5

Graham Nuthall believes that every teacher is a good learner who is always ready to adopt new information. Without having good learning ability, none can become a good teacher. So, the author has explained all possible ways to improve this skill. He also mentioned the hidden lives of learners as the title says. In addition, it is a refreshing, original, and stimulating book that is well written and easy to understand. Absolutely, it is one of the best books for teachers to read.

Seven Myths About Education

AuthorDaisy Christodoulou
Rating4.5 out of 5

Seven Myths About Education” is one of the best books to read for teachers that explains the seven widely-held beliefs which are holding back pupils and teachers. It is a good starting point for understanding modern education. In addition, the author does an excellent job analyzing the problems with some very popular and ruinous educational ideas.


The World Teachers Day is celebrated on 5th October every year which was established by UNESCO in 1994.

In India, Teachers' Day is celebrated on 5 September as the birthday of the second President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. It has been celebrated since 1962.

A teacher must have the given skills-

  1. Communication skill
  2. Problem-solving
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Creativity
  5. Punctuality
  6. Up to date

The top 5 titles for teachers are-

  1. Future Creator
  2. Motivator
  3. Great Guide
  4. Nation Builder
  5. Torch Bearer

The few antonyms of teachers are as follows-

  1. Pupil
  2. Trainee
  3. Attendant
  4. Student
  5. Scholar


The teacher is a very respected person in our society. It is seen that everyone respects him and sees him as a future creator of the nation. For many people teaching is a passion for them and even for some people, teaching is everything.
A good teacher is a learning person who always tries to learn new things. It is one of the best qualities. They are also good readers. So, we have mentioned here the 10 best books for teachers to read. These books will help a lot in growing them.
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